12/2 – Seattle Meeting 7 pm – Dave Wilderman and Regina Johnson of DNR

“Managing for butterflies on Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Areas: a delicate dance”. 

Valley Silverspot Mima Mounds
Valley Silverspot Mima Mounds

Dave Wilderman is the Natural Areas Ecologist for Washington’s Department of Natural Resources and Regina Johnson is the Assistant Natural Areas Ecologist for the west side.  We will look at DNR Natural Areas throughout the state that host interesting butterflies, then dive into the details of managing South Puget prairies for grassland-dependent butterflies and other sensitive animals and plants.

Please register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ofuutqD0iH9NEL56ejWleBoiu5NgNhh5l
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11/18 – Spokane Meeting – 6 pm “Glad Tidings from Mothlandia”

We are very pleased and excited to announce our very own mothman Carl Barrentine is doing the presentation this month with a few more local moth-ers!!!  Keep reading for details….

Where: Via Zoom – please register for this event by clicking here: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItduysqj8iHtzomoDBqAA5C1FVc0gLiN74
After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

Six Spokane residents invested many hours finding and photographing moths (as well as other interesting arthropods) during the 2020 Mothing Season.  Four of these ‘mothologists’ will share highlights of their experiences night-lighting for leps with WBA members. 

Part 1. Michelle Sloan Bos, Meteorologist and Entomologist,  “If You Build It, They will Come.” 
Click here to meet Michelle:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PVzu0ePcJI

Part 2. Michael Woodruff, Physician and Naturalist, “My First Summer of Mothing Adventures in Spokane.” 
Click here to meet Michael:  https://www.inaturalist.org/people/nightjar09

Part 3. Susan Mulvihill, Garden Columnist and Book Author, “How I Got Hooked on Mothing.” 
Click here to meet Susan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N7dmvSTQfk 
and https://www.susansinthegarden.com/books/

Part 4. Carl Barrentine, Retired Professor and Photographer, “Taxonomic Update: Three Years of Backyard Mothing in Spokane.”  
Click here to meet Carl: 
https://nationalmothweek.org/2020/07/18/backyard-mothing-with-carl-barrentine-in-spokane-washington-usa/

P.S. We would like to introduce and acknowledge two other Spokane Moth’ers who are unable to make zoom presentations for the November WBA meeting.  Both have been exhaustively enthusiastic in their dutiful nocturnal efforts of finding and photographing Spokane County Moths during 2020.

Ronald Smith, Wildlife Photographer, with his Moth Trap

Tom Munson, Wildlife Photographer  

Just a few things about zoom and the upcoming meeting:

1) Participants will be muted upon entering the meeting so please keep yourselves muted during the meeting unless you are talking just to keep outside noise levels down

2) Please register in advance for this meeting you can do this by clicking the link below or the same link at the top of the email:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItduysqj8iHtzomoDBqAA5C1FVc0gLiN74

After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

WBA hopes to see you all there!!!

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12/11 – Pacific Northwest Lepidopterists Workshop

Hello NorWestLep folks,

Apologies if you already received this.  As many of you know, for over 30 years lepidopterists from around the PNW and beyond have met annually in the vicinity of Corvallis to socialize, share information about butterflies/moths and discuss new developments in lepidopteran biology, evolution, conservation and much more.
 
We knew in 2019 that hosting this year’s meeting would be a challenge as the museum has just moved out of Cordley Hall into a temporary space nearby as the initial stages of renovating Cordley Hall has begun (we will move back in 2 years into a modern collection space!).  But, we had no idea back then how Covid-19 would hit – making any meeting impossible.
 
So, this year we are going to plan a smaller virtual Pacific Northwest Lepidopterists Workshop via Zoom.  This will be shorter (3-4hr) and more informal than our typical meetings, but we hope it will provide a way for our local community to engage with each other and share stories from the last year and plans for 2021.
 
More details will be announced soon – but we are planning to host the meeting on FRIDAY DECEMBER 11th.
 
If you want more details, a reminder or a program closer to the date, please register for the meeting here:
 
 
Thanks, feel free to share with others you think might like attending.
 
-Chris (on behalf of Paul Hammond, Jon Shepard and Dana Ross)
 
Dr. Christopher Marshall, Curator
Oregon State Arthropod Collection
OSU Department of Integrative Biology
Corvallis OR, 97331
ph: 541 737 4349
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11/4 – Seattle Meeting – 7 pm Dr. Sean Ryan “How genetics and citizen science can help us understand insect ecology and evolution in a changing world”

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pcu2rrDotEtHIVvEUkGtXYJL2PE-uVP5W
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dr. Sean Ryan will discuss the Pieris Project, a Citizen Science project that tells the story of how Pieris rapae, the common Cabbage White Butterfly, spread from its home in eastern Europe throughout the rest of the world, and how humans aided that spread. Dr. Ryan and his colleagues use historical data and genetic data collected by citizen scientists, to document how this invasive agricultural pest has traveled along human trade routes to invade western Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. This work is important to understanding the mechanics of invasion biology and potentially to better management of negative impacts from invasive species.

https://www.pierisproject.org/

Dr. Ryan will discuss his research exploring the silver lining of anthropogenic disturbances. It features stories of invasion, conspiring with Russians, the potential breakdown of borders, and the recruitment of a worldwide network of citizens united to monitor one of Hitler’s former allies. Starring Papilio glaucusPapilio canadensis, and Pieris rapae.

Come for the intrigue, stay for the science.

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10/21 – Spokane Meeting – 6 pm “Migration Biology and Conservation of the Monarch in the Western US” Dr. David James

 

Over the past eight years we have learned a great deal about monarchs in the Pacific Northwest, particularly details of their migration.  The WSU-PNW Monarch tagging Program has resulted in the tagging of 29,143 butterflies since 2012, the majority of which were reared by citizen scientists in Washington, Idaho and Oregon as well as inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary.  This presentation will provide details of the outcomes from this work and the current status of our knowledge of this remarkable and iconic insect in the western US.  Information on the ongoing decline of monarch populations in the west and conservation strategies to combat it, will also be presented.

Dr. David G. James PhD, is a Washington State University entomologist with more than 40 years experience with monarchs in Australia and the United States. He has published 25 scientific papers on monarch biology, which was also the subject of his PhD thesis. He is currently conducting an extensive research program on monarchs in the Pacific Northwest including a program with Washington State Penitentiary involving inmate rearing of monarchs for migration research. 

Just a few things about zoom and the upcoming meeting:

1) Participants will be muted upon entering the meeting so please keep yourselves muted during the meeting unless you are talking just to keep outside noise levels down

2) Please register in advance for this meeting you can do this by clicking the link below: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfuGoqDwjH9MpUmC3tdTVhPhJdPEeYtq5

After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

WBA hopes to see you all there!!!

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